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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206876
Last updated: 15 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172G Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Ecological Services International
Registration: N1118F
C/n / msn: 17254713
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Coryell County east of Gatesville, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Gatesvile (Private Airstrip), TX
Destination airport:Port Isabel Cameron County Airport, TX (KPIL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he performed a soft field takeoff from the left side of the turf runway where it was firmer.
The airplane climbed to 20 ft above ground level where it encountered wind gusts from the right. The airplane drifted to the left, collided with the wind sock pole, and then impacted the ground.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.
The nearest METAR reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 170° at 17 kts and gusting to 22 kts.
The pilot reported in the recommendation section of the National Transportation Board pilot aircraft accident report, that the accident could have been prevented if he had initiated the takeoff from the center of the runway.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during initial climb in a gusty condition.



FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: FAA

Revision history:

01-Mar-2018 02:57 Geno Added
01-Mar-2018 11:08 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Embed code]
23-Aug-2020 16:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
23-Aug-2020 16:51 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]
23-Aug-2020 16:53 harro Updated [Departure airport, Accident report, ]

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